Thursday, September 18, 2008

Stink

We have issues with smells. Like us. I think we're a stinky family. Put us in a hot and humid climate and the problem is drastically exacerbated. I was washing my face the other day and accidentally grabbed Ryan's towel when I went to dry it and immediately went aawwwww, armpit. I stuck my face directly in a whiff of leftover armpit. I can't blame him. If I was running around all day in a long sleeved shirt and a long sleeved white coat in downtown Miami, having to run between hospital buildings, I'd stink too. And, in fact, I do, and that's only sitting in my air-conditioned house in shorts and a t-shirt. In fact, I often laugh that when I comment on how tan people are here, they say it's because they live in Miami. I believe I have, in fact, gotten even pastier since I've lived here. It's still in the 90s. I don't ever go outside during daytime hours. I really should. Heaven knows brown fat is always better than white fat.

Anyhow, back to stink. Ryan's complained about the numerous stinky patients he encounters here too. And then there's also something about homeless breath that he says could darn near kill you. I'm sure tons of people in Miami stink. But then you add the fact that our house constantly reeks of poopy diapers and sour milk, and we just don't stand a chance. I just don't know what to do. I attempt air fresheners, but then it just smells like poopy gardenia. How to get the stink out? How do I not raise stinky boys?

11 comments:

Jenilee said...

Jen you make me laugh. I am sorry about all the stink. I wish I could send you down some cool fall air. Good luck.

Laura B. said...

i am laughing so hard.
my favorite..."Brown fat is more attractive than white fat".
Amen.

The Spendloves said...

"brown fat is more attractive than white fat..." Ahh the wisdom from people from your mission. Sadly, that's the wisdom that sent us to tanning beds in college isn't it? Whoops!

Yeah, I don't think it's a humidity thing... it's a male thing. It's fantastic weather up here and the other morning I walked into the boys' room and wow did it smell. They hadn't pooped or anything. Somehow overnight the Diaper Champ decided it wanted to smell. It was maybe 20% full and we don't even put poopy diapers in there. Something about closed doors, boys, and diapers... bad combo.

Melissa said...

We have the fresh cool fall air too, and yet, Joey poops and our whole house stinks as well for the entire day--despite opening windows!

Gavin and Shawna McEwan said...

I wash my boys as often as i can in the baby lavender and chamomile wash...and my boys LOVE the water which ineviditably washes the little boy stink. As for the big boy stink...my hubby goes through multiple sticks of deoderant a month.
Oh and BTW...do you think you could make a trip to Tex to do my hair. My hair girl is having a baby and it needs it desperately. I hate finding new people to mess up my hair!!

Lu Lu said...

And then since towels never dry in humidity you end up with towels that just came out of the laundry smelling like mildew. Always wash towels in hot!

I would never want to smell a Miami homeless patient...I've smelled the Colorado ones and that was more than I could handle...oh wait, I've smelled Orlando ones, too. I remember wearing a mask just to walk in the room.

Tyler Jorgenson said...

Move.

Kimi said...

We have the same problem with our towels. Andrew always gets annoyed because I forget to immediately hang it outside. That is the only way to avoid the stench.

I am all to familiar with the horrors of bad breath. That was the number one reason I hated assisting my dad. I much preferred to sterilize the equipment. It makes me shudder thinking of the gross people Ryan has to deal with. I couldn't do it.

Karen said...

laundry tip for mildewy/smelly towels or clothes: instead of using bleach, use ammonia. it cleans and deodorizes, but doesn't have the bleaching effect of bleach-duh. anyway, i am learning the tricks of the trade dealing with humidity as well :o)

nyclizzie said...

Jen, I think I just woke up my house because I just Laughed out Loud so loud whilst everyone is sleeping! It was the armpit that got me. Oh my gosh, you are so funny! But why does the towel smell like an armpit if he used it to dry off AFTER a shower?!

You are completely outnumbered. Need-girl-immediately!!! Don't stop writing, I need more laughs!

Jen I said...

That is my exact question. How is it so bad that it smells like armpit AFTER the shower?? I don't know. I've pondered that many a day.